Fort Ticonderoga holds one of North America's premier collections of 18th-century military material culture. The exhibits contain thousands of objects and tell thousands of stories, narrating the history of Fort Ticonderoga from the military culture of the 18th century to the reconstruction of the fort in the 20th century.
A visit to Ticonderoga is not complete without trying your hand in the laboratory. Located on the 2nd floor of the Deborah Clarke Mars Education Center, you can try your hand at the trade of the gun founder and artilleryman. Do you have what it takes to lift a cannon barrel? Can you bombard the enemy fortress? Experience the skills of the 18th century artilleryman first hand.
Did you know? In the 18th century “Laboratory” was the place where artillerymen prepared shells, fuses, and cartridges.
The Last Argument of Kings: The Art and Science of 18th-century Artillery tells the story of the weapons that dominated 18th-century battlefields. This major new exhibit also includes the re-installation of elements of the permanent artillery collection along the fort's wall, conservation work on several key artillery pieces, and an interactive activity space located in the Mars Education Center.
Alexander Hamilton Finally Comes to Fort Ticonderoga!: For the first time in decades, artifacts and images associated with one of the most popular Secretary of the Treasury in American History, are on display. Fort Ticonderoga’s rich collections contain a number of pieces owned by Hamilton, since his remarkable career as a young soldier in the Revolution, through to his brief tenure as the highest ranking officer in the US Army. This exhibit is located in the Mars Education Center.
South Barracks: Fully restored in 1931, the South Barracks has been the museum's primary exhibition space. The building encompasses three stories and nearly 10,000 square feet of gallery space covering topics from prehistory to the 20th century. Highlights include:
- Bullets & Blades: The Weapons of America's Colonial Wars and Revolution
- "It would make a heart of stone melt" Sickness, Injury, and Medicine at Fort Ticonderoga
- Pottery, Pork, and Pigeon: The 18th-Century Menu at Fort Ticonderoga
- 1777: Bittersweet Year
- Iron & Stone: Building Fort Carillon
- Object Lessons: Perspectives on Material Culture
- Diorama-Rama: History in Miniature
- Beyond Bullets and Blades: A unique opportunity to go beyond the exhibition case to examine and handle original 18th-century weapons with the supervision and knowledge of Fort Ticonderoga’s expert staff. For more information visit: Behind the Scenes and Special Tours
NOTE: Some exhibitions have closed for the 2016 season. Exhibits that will remain open until October 30th are:
- Last Argument of Kings
- Pottery, Pigeon, & Pork
- Iron and Stone
- It Would Make a Heart of Stone Weep
- Fort Ticonderoga's Artillery Collection